University of Toronto


Minor program: R11631 (4 full courses or their equivalent)
1.   GER 260Y, 360Y, 361Y
2.   HIS 208Y/398Y

GER260Y   Elementary Yiddish    104P
Introduction to Yiddish language, literature, and culture, featuring
intensive practice with a native speaker. The dialect taught is that
of the text College Yiddish by Uriel Weinreich.

This course is an introduction to Yiddish language, literature and culture
for students with no previous knowledge of Yiddish.  The goals of  the
course are for students to master the mechanics of reading and writing
Yiddish and the fundamentals of Yiddish grammar, and to begin to speak and
write in Yiddish. Beginning students who are yet not familiar with the
printed and handwritten forms of the Yiddish alphabet work on reading and
writing skills outside of class, using materials supplied by the
instructor.  As much as is feasible, classes are conducted in Yiddish. Oral
practice will be emphasized in order to reinforce grammatical accuracy and
idiomatic usage.  In addition to material drawn from chapters 1-25 of the
textbook College Yiddish, supplementary grammar, reading and vocabulary
materials are used.  Songs, poetry, proverbs and folktales introduce
students to the various dialects of the language, the folklore of Jewish
Eastern Europe, and modern Yiddish literature.  By the end of the academic
year students are able to read elementary texts in Yiddish.  They have a
grasp of the basic grammar of the language and bring their grammatical
knowledge to bear in expressing themselves orally and in writing.

Evaluation is based on four tests (50%), written homework assignments (20%),
quizzes (15%), oral and reading skills (15%).

Textbook: College Yiddish by Uriel Weinreich

GER360Y   Intermediate Yiddish      78P
Review of basic grammar, stylistics, study of short literary texts.
Conducted in Yiddish.
Prerequisite: GER260Y
This is a Language course

GER361Y   Introduction to Yiddish Literature in Translation   78L
Yiddish literature from its beginnings to its flowering in the
modern period. Writers such as Sholom Aleichem, Peretz, Glatstein,
Grade and Singer are studied. (Yiddish optional).
This is a Literature course

GERMAN 461Y  Advanced Yiddish

This third-year language course is structured around literary texts.  It is
designed for students who have a firm grasp of the basic grammatical
structures of the Yiddish language and are already able to read selected
literary texts with the aid of a dictionary.  One of the three central
goals of the course is for students to improve their reading fluency, so
that by the end of the year they are able to read faster with less
dependence on the dictionary.  Vocabulary-building, use of context to guess
unfamiliar meanings, and study of complex sentence structures will be
stressed. Secondly, the course introduces students to a number of the key
contributors to modern Yiddish literature.  Short fiction, memoir
literature and poetry of nineteenth- and twentieth-century authors will be
read.  Readings will be organized topically.  Third, students will expand
their oral and written fluency in Yiddish through frequent writing
assignments, class discussions and oral presentations.

Evaluation is based on four term tests (20%), written assignments (40%),
preparation and class participation (40%).

Text: course packet of readings (materials fee payable to the Dept. of
Germanic Languages)

Prerequisite: Intermediate Yiddish GER 360Y or instructor's permission.

Instructor: Ellen Kellman